When it comes to planning your funeral, you don't want to wait until you're gone and leave it to your family to do the job. Instead, lighten everyone's load and ensure that you get all of the things that you want from your funeral by planning it ahead of time. It may be a bit bizarre or even morbid for some people to think about planning their funeral while they're alive, but as something that's inevitably going to happen it really isn't that weird. When you are planning your burial, you may not know the first place to start; this article will give you a few helpful tips to ensure that you get all of your bases covered.
Cremation or Burial
The first thing you have to decide is whether you want to be cremated or buried. Depending on your religious beliefs, you may want to choose a burial over cremation; however, there are many benefits to both options. Just remember that when it comes down to it, the decision is completely up to you. If you are unfamiliar with either procedure, make sure to contact a funeral home so that they can answer all of your questions and address any of your concerns.
Funeral Service Location
It used to be that the only real place to have funeral service was at a church; however, now that more and more people are moving away from organized religion things have definitely changed. Think about where you want to have your funeral service held. Remember that this has nothing to do with your actual burial -- your funeral is just a time for your loved ones to gather together to tell stories of your life and share their favorite memories of you. Some popular -- but unique -- funeral service locations include restaurants, libraries, parks, museums, and local botanical gardens.
If you are religious, then you may want much of the focus of your burial and funeral service to be on the afterlife and the higher power that you believe in. If you are not religious then you likely don't want any of that to be the focus of your funeral. As part of your funeral plan, make sure that you emphasize whether or not you want to discuss a more religious side of death or if you want to keep it entirely separate.
By taking care of your burial planning ahead of time, you can help take the burden off of your loved ones and give them the time they need to grieve after you're gone.